Photo Credit: Haines Skagway Fast Ferry

Things To Do In Haines

1. Sightsee Haines

Haines may be a tiny town, but it serves up a wealth of activities.

Check out the abundant bears, bald eagles, and other wildlife as you improve your camera skills on a photography tour.

Then take to two wheels and pedal around this quaint town; rent a bike or opt for a guided bicycle tour of just a few hours or several days. Visit Fort William H. Seward, which dates to 1902 and is now a showcase for Alaska Indian art—it’s just a 10-minute walk from downtown.

And explore the town’s fascinating museums and cultural centers, covering everything from native Tlingit people to hammers.

2. Get Out on the Water

Shimmering waters surrounded by lush forests and snow-capped peaks make for amazing kayaking (single or multi-day) or rafting tour.

You can also easily visit nearby Skagway by hopping on the Haines Skagway Fast Ferry (the fastest way to get between the two towns); once there, enjoy of all of the fun things to do in Skagway.

3. Go for a Hike

Take advantage of the town’s unique location by hiking its variety of trails.

Some of them wind around the beautiful coastline and lead to beaches and magnificent views; others climb high into the mountains, offering stunning overlooks (like Mt. Ripinski, where you can get a beautiful perspective on the entire Haines area).

You’ll also find good hiking trails right in town.

4. ATV up a Mountain

Dri­ve your­self on a guid­ed off-road ATV tour up Takshanuk Mountain Trail and expe­ri­ence pris­tine wilder­ness, unfor­get­table views, and a deli­cious meal!

nd at the top, 1,500 feet above sea lev­el, you’ll take in the sweep­ing vista of shim­mer­ing Chilkoot Lake, set in the stun­ning Chilkoot Valley.

5. Look for Wildlife

The Haines area is home to tons of wildlife—from moose to bears and a variety of birds—and you may even see some of them right downtown!

Join a guided tour with Rainbow Glacier Adventures, and have a local guide bring you to all the best spots.

While you can spot bald eagles here year-round, thousands more arrive in fall; the result is more bald eagles than anywhere else in the world.

Check them out at the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. And further celebrate these birds during the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival, held every year in November.

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Season: May - September $99+ 2.5 - 6.5 hrs

With bald eagles, bears, and gor­geous scenery, as well as fas­ci­nat­ing cul­ture and his­to­ry, these tours out of Skag­way and Haines offer an up-close expe­ri­ence with insights from knowl­edge­able local guides. There are sev­er­al options, includ­ing wildlife and nature tours that focus­es on find­ing and learn­ing about wildlife, a pho­tog­ra­phy tour where you get the chance to enhance your pho­tog­ra­phy skills, raft­ing, and some fun sight­see­ing tours  ...more

Season: May 1 - Sept 26 $82 Round Trip 45 mins one-way

Oper­at­ing from May to Sep­tem­ber, this pri­vate fer­ry ser­vice is the eas­i­est and fastest way to trav­el between Haines and Skag­way. The 45-minute ride pass­es through Taiya Inlet, a steep-walled rocky fjord just out­side of Skag­way, and then opens up to the Lynn Canal near Haines. As you ride, look for seals and sea lions, as well as hump­back, minke, and orca whales. Don’t for­get to look up from the water from time to time to check out the  ...more

Season: May - September $135+ 4 hrs - 8 days

Guid­ed sea kayak­ing in Alaska’s South­east opens up the mag­i­cal world of water-based tour­ing. Glide through a marine envi­ron­ment with gor­geous views in every direc­tion, and many oppor­tu­ni­ties to spot wildlife – from eagles and salmon to bears, whales and sea lions. Options include day tours for busy sched­ules and mul­ti-day immer­sions, all under the expert guid­ance of nat­u­ral­ists who help you under­stand the com­plex work­ings of a unique and amazing  ...more

Season: May - September $179+ per adult 3.5+ hrs

Dri­ve your­self on this guid­ed off-road ATV tour in Haines and expe­ri­ence pris­tine wilder­ness, unfor­get­table views, and a deli­cious meal! And at the top, 1,500 feet above sea lev­el, you’ll take in the sweep­ing vista of shim­mer­ing Chilkoot Lake, set in the stun­ning Chilkoot Valley.